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The Answering Machine..........................#1

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-29-1999 10:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

(Andrew, I still have your original response to this. Thank you again for your kind words)


I press the button eagerly.
What messages await me there?
I sit in rapt attention
Settled in my easy chair.

BLEEP! "Your mother, son. Why don't you call?
Have you forgotten me!?"
BLEEP! "The cleaners here. It's ready."
BLEEP! "The bugman comes at three."

BLEEP! "Our tee time's set for 12:15
So be there before noon."
BLEEP! "This is your doctor calling, Mike.
Let's check that bump out soon."

BLEEP! "Sir, we have got a deal for you......."
BLEEP! "Congrats, friend! You have won...."
BLEEP! "The FOP needs your support........."
And the bleeping thing goes on!

Now, the sun has slowly dropped behind
The ridge of yonder hill
And the night is fast approaching with
The coming autumn chill.

The birds have made their southward run,
The night is calm and still.
The world revolves around me
Just outside my window sill.

My mother passed ten years ago.
Oh, God! I miss her bad.
My golf clubs rusted from neglect
Just like the friends I had.

The small bump I ignored so long
Has now become full-blown
And, so I sit, a quiet man
Afraid and all alone.

So, when I'm filled with strong desire
To recall good times back then,
I take out old tapes that I have saved
And play them once again.



© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Marilyn
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1 posted 10-29-1999 10:59 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

My Sweet Balladeer....I had some smartassed remark when I saw the #1 on this. By the time I reached the end of it I just...*sigh*. My hope is that this is one from your creative side and not from your life. Such a lonely existance this portrays.
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2 posted 10-29-1999 11:04 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Much truth in this one! I think I'm going to go take care of a few things that have been gently gnawing at me....fewer regrets later!
Thanks Balladeer for the reminder! Great poem too!

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Denise

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3 posted 10-29-1999 11:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Oh, yes, Marilyn, it's from the creative side. My golf clubs will NEVER rust from neglect!

Thank you, Denise.
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 10-29-1999 11:10 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Excellent work love your stuff.
Marilyn
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5 posted 10-29-1999 11:14 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Gosh Balladeer that is really wonderful to hear. I would surely hate for those golf clubs to rust! LOL. Oh and my smartass comment was.....So the Lord of words has run out?!?!?! Having to repost from the other forum??? LOL
Martie
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6 posted 10-29-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

As usual I am impressed by your writing. I'm glad it'a poetry in fiction.
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7 posted 10-29-1999 11:24 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

hehe. Words haven't run out, Marilyn, time has. Spending too much time doing silly things like earning a living instead of writing poetry.

Sy and Martie......my thanks to you both.
Marilyn
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8 posted 10-30-1999 12:04 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

I guess I have an advantage there. My work is realativly uncreative, my hands never idle but my brain doesn't have to be totally there. I create while I make a living and as soon as I have a spare moment I write down the swirlings of my mind. This is both a blessing and a curse.

I look forward to the time when you have the time to put your pen back to the paper.
WhtDove
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9 posted 10-30-1999 12:44 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

A good thinker this was! It all boils down to make time! Thanks
RainbowGirl
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10 posted 10-30-1999 03:56 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: (your name is just too long) You reminded me I still haven't plugged mine in, only been in the box about a year..*g*

Superb poem as always..

HUSG

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

U K Hero
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11 posted 10-30-1999 05:38 AM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

this had feeling,
well done Balladeer
Christopher
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12 posted 10-30-1999 05:43 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Awesome job on this Balladeer... regret no regrets...
(and what's this having to earn a living thing??LOL)
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13 posted 10-30-1999 10:47 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wonderfully written Balladeer. I like
mia
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14 posted 10-30-1999 11:59 AM       View Profile for mia   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mia

Balladeer, I don't come to this spot often but when I get the time I like to of course read the replies that I have recieved from earlier posts and to read a couple of other posts and to post one of mine. I love reading your work but it has been quite intimidating for me to reply to your work... you have so many fans. I have read all the replies that you have posted to my poems and It means a lot comming from you. So thank you. And please know that you definitely have a fan in me...eaven if I keep quiet most of the time..I read your poems and i truely admire your work... Keep posting your work and I will keep reading...
luv.
Mia...
ps- this poem was wonderful... (as all your other ones!)
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15 posted 10-30-1999 02:32 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I actually do have several answering machine tapes saved of voices especially beloved to me... so your last verse could be mine. *S* Excellent poem, 'Deer one...
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What??? You mean Balladeer has a life beyond poetry??? From your work, one wouldn't think so! I am (like everyone else) a true admirer of your work and, like Mia, I do find that it is sometimes hard to reply to your poems because you're so,...well,..GOOD. But I try, let me tell ya, and I'm never sorry when I come across another one of your masterpieces. You're a true poet, 'Deer. Keep writing.
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17 posted 10-30-1999 04:58 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks to all of you for your kind responses. Yeah, I know, Christopher. Life just ain't fair sometimes. My dad should have worked harder! Mia and Emmy, thank you both for being there. Just knowing you're out there means a lot. Thanks for letting me know.

Dovey, UK Hero, sweet Rainbow, Hoot, and Suthern, thanks to all of you.
Andrew Scott
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Sir Balladeer: I remember this from dear old #1. Great then... great now. Thanks for going back and reposting... it's like picking up that favorite book to read and read again. Classics just never get old... and you Sir are a classic. As always... I bow to you and yours.
Iloveit
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19 posted 11-01-1999 05:31 PM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

very nice work, my friend, don't have tapes in our machine, but understand the sentiment......sigh
Watcher666
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20 posted 11-02-1999 04:09 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Excellent! Enjoyed this much.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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21 posted 02-27-2011 12:26 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Mike,

This still packs a pretty big, "Wow!  This is how it's done!

A
 
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